Agriculture & Food Security

High-Level Meeting on African Agriculture Calls for Support for Climate Change Adaptation, Forwards Declaration to CSD 17 [viewed]

Libertina Amathila, Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Namibia

10 February 2009: The High-Level Meeting on African Agriculture in the 21st Century - Meeting the Challenges, Making a Sustainable Green Revolution, which convened from 9-10 February, in Windhoek, Namibia, adopted a declaration in which participants called for, among other measures, support to help African farmers adapt to climate change.

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CGIAR-led Study Identifies Nations Highly Vulnerable to Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries [viewed]

World Fisheries Trust

6 February 2009: Climate change could lead to unprecedented hardship for many fishery-dependent poor countries according to a study conducted by a team of researchers at the WorldFish center, a research center supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and a number of other research institutions.

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UNFCCC Releases Report of the Individual Review of Estonia's GHG Inventories for 2007 and 2008 [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the Report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories of Estonia submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/EST).

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IFPRI Publishes New Research Briefs on Adaptation of African Agriculture to Climate Change [viewed]

13feb09-ifpriFebruary 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released four new issues of its Research Brief Series on adaptation of African agriculture to climate change. The Briefs are based on research under the project “Food and Water Security under Global Change: Developing Adaptive Capacity with a Focus on Rural Africa,” which is part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural research (CGIAR) Challenge Program on Water and Food.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Review of Belgium's GHG Inventory [viewed]

February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories of Belgium submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/BEL).

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IFAD Prepares for Governing Council Meeting Against Backdrop of Food, Fuel and Financial Crises and Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

12 February 2009: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is preparing for its 32rd Governing Council meeting, to be held from 18-19 February 2009, in Rome, Italy. The meeting will feature three roundtables on challenges for smallholder farmers focusing on: unpredictable markets and high price volatility; the risks and opportunities arising out of the growing demand for land; and research and innovation needs in the context of a rapidly changing climate. 

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UNDESA/DSD Capacity Development Workshop Discusses Challenges Concerning Agricultural Development and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNDESA/DSD Capacity Development Workshop Discusses Challenges Concerning Agricultural Development and Climate Change Adaptation

February 2009: The Capacity Development Workshop on Improving Agricultural Productivity, Water Use Efficiency and Strengthening Rural Livelihoods, took place from 28-30 January 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), in collaboration with the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and brought together representatives from governments, local authorities, UN Agencies and academia to share lessons learned and best practices in combating rural poverty. 

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New Issue of IFPRI Forum Outlines Ways to Prevent Global Water Crisis [viewed]

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

February 2009: The lead article of the latest issue of “IFPRI Forum,” a newsletter published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and its 2020 Vision Initiative, describes the looming global water crisis, outlines its causes and presents approaches towards more sustainable water management.

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ICRISAT and Government of India Launch Platform for Translational Research on Transgenic Crops [viewed]

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

9 February 2009: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and the Government of India's Department of Biotechnology (DBT) have initiated the establishment of a Platform for Translational Research on Transgenic Crops (PTTC). The Platform will combine the expertise of DBT and ICRISAT and build partnerships for agri-biotechnological research and development of products that meet the needs of agricultural growth and benefit poor farmers by improving their incomes.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on CARICOM to Address Climate Change and the Financial Crisis “in Tandem” [viewed]

Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM)

9 February 2009: In a speech given at the opening of the Fifth General Meeting of the UN and Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and its Associated Institutions, taking place in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for the two institutions to step up their collaboration in the face of multiple global crises. 

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